By Professor Alastair.
Good morning, and peace to you this day in the Light. As we come now to the close of the year, in midst of this bitter chill and these dark evenings, we remember all the Light we have seen and sown this year, all the Love we have shared, and all the hopes we retain for the year to come. Life is the greatest teacher, and each year brings us new understanding.
Let us look toward the year ahead with hopeful hearts. Let us not be afraid of the Darkness, for we have walked in Darkness all our lives, and yet still we live, and still we shine. Each day brings us new opportunities to see the face of love, to be the hands of kindness, and to share the sparks of hope with one another. In the days ahead, let us be vigilant for life’s lessons, both the good and the bad. Our pain and suffering teaches us strength, endurance, tenacity, the stubborn will of Life to survive and triumph. From the fox chasing a hare in the wood, to the collision of stars in the skies, all of life exists in an ebb and flow of peace and struggle, love and rage, madness and clarity. Let us not flinch from the moments of pain, let us look fearlessly upon what meets us on our path, learn from it, hear the words the experience would speak to our soul, and let it pass through us, so that we might continue on our ways wiser and stronger than before.
Life will never be free of pain, turmoil, or uncertainty. These are inextricably woven into the tapestry of life, into the fabric of our beings, because life and each of us are a balance of Light and Darkness. We carry each with us, learn from each, and are confronted with their reality every day. We mustn’t cut ourselves off from the currents of life that connect us to the world outside our doors. Let us reach for one another in the coming year, strengthen the ties between us, and add our light together to the sum of light.
Amen and namaste.